Norway Chess R3: Going natural
Have you ever tried to guess the moves of top players during their games? I know I have, and as the time has gone by - I've seen a pattern: There are very little hocus pocus! It tend to seem that like as long as you manage to guess the natural moves of the position, you have a fair chance of getting a decent percent of your guesses right.
Of course, the ability to choose the right plan in critical moments or details like in what order to execute a plan, will always be factors separating the great players from the rest. However: Knowing what will usually be the best environment for your pieces, will bring you a long way. In round three of the Altibox Norway Chess Magnus Carlsen really went natural in his game against Hikaru Nakamura. Take a look at this:
The top players' chess are not always as fancy as we might imagine it to be. Photo: Maria Emelianova